Found January 09, 2012 on The Belly of the Beast:
Finally, after days and days of talk about absolutely nothing new, the game that will explode minds and possibly actual heads is upon us. And, as is customary with nearly every game, but always the big games, everyone and their brother are throwing out a score prediction, which means you'll be hearing from the one lucky bastard who manages to nail it exactly (he or she should only be recognized for this feat of luck if they win significant cash monies; otherwise, they should be dismissed with an "oh, that's nice."). Most of these predictions will follow these lines: -"I like Alabama in a close one, but with a little more scoring.  17-13." -"LSU is in a familiar setting and that defense seems like it's gotten even better.  20-10." -"A game like this comes down to coaching and preparation.  I like Nick Saban over Les Miles in that matchup.  21-17." -"Games like this comes down to who wants it more.  Looking into the eyes of...

LSU's Miles wins Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year

LSU coach Les Miles has already come out a winner on the day of the BCS championship game. Miles won the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award for the Football Bowl Subdivision after leading his top-ranked Tigers to a perfect regular-season record and an SEC championship. LSU plays No. 2 Alabama for the BCS national title on Monday night. The award is given to the coach who best...

LSU's Miles: Expect 'big boy football'

After a bowl season full of offensive shootouts, LSU coach Les Miles says to expect some ''big boy football'' when his top-ranked Tigers take on No. 2 Alabama in BCS title game Monday night. Miles and Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban each had their final news conferences before the championship on Sunday morning, and posed for photos with the crystal BCS trophy. Miles...

The spoils of victory? For Les Miles, about $5.7 million.

An LSU win over Alabama in tonight's BCS Championship Game would trigger two different clauses in Les Miles' contract that would increase his salary over the next six years, potentially making him the highest paid coach in the SEC and pushing to the brink of the $5 Million Club. Miles is currently the fourth-highest paid coach in the country at $3.75 million per year, not...

Miles: Expect 'big boy football' in BCS title game

After a bowl season full of offensive shootouts, LSU coach Les Miles says to expect some "big boy football" when his top-ranked Tigers take on No. 2 Alabama in BCS title game Monday night.

Miles misses out on pay boost with loss (AP)

Les Miles wound up one victory short of a hefty pay raise. The LSU coach already has a lucrative contract that pays him about $3.75 million a year and that runs through the 2017 season, thanks to a three-year extension he received last January. Clearly, he won't be hurting for cash. But he did miss out on a salary increase of nearly $1 million.

Saban: This Alabama championship team special

Alabama coach Nick Saban might have enjoyed this national championship a little bit more. Certainly, the celebratory dousing was more to his liking.

BCS National Title 2012 Preview: a Rematch for the Ages, LSU to wash out the Tide

Film history is littered with bad sequels to fantastic movies – Godfather, Caddyshack and The Matrix come to mind as examples of producers who didn’t know when to stop. You have no doubt seen this analogy heading in to the 2012 BCS Title Game between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide but it has two flaws – 1) the original game was not entertaining nor played at a...

Les Miles Stuck with Jordan Jefferson Over Jarrett Lee Because of His Mobility

Jarrett Lee was LSU’s leading passer during the season, throwing for 1,306 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions, but he did not see the field in the National Championship Game. Lee struggled in the November 5th win over Alabama, getting pulled after going 3/7 for 24 yards and two interceptions. Fellow senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson finished the game going 6-10 for...

Column: 'Every Game Counts' - until it doesn't

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist The same people who said LSU was the best team in college football all season had to concede that Alabama was the far better team Monday night. So who's really No. 1? That depends on whether you buy into the Bowl Championship Series' version of a national title. Remember that after you strip away the pseudo-science...

There's No Doubt Who's No. 1: Alabama Is National Champions

 When the final whistle blew back on November 5 ending the first LSU-Alabama showdown, I couldn’t help but get one nauseating, gut-wrenching, pit out of my stomach. No, it had nothing to do with the Mexican food I'd eaten earlier that night, but instead was the idea that I’d seen the best team in college football that night… and seen them lose. Above all, I couldn...

BCS Championship Game: CBR Rolling Against The Tide

Well, here we are. The 2011 college football season is all over but the shoutin' this evening in New Orleans. Can the LSU Tigers manage a second win over Alabama and complete one of the greatest seasons in college football history? Will the Crimson Tide get their revenge? The Crystal Ball Run writers make their picks. Kevin McGuire: OK, so we have a rematch. Guess what,...
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